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History of Kentucky The Blue Grass State, Volume IV Illustrated, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago-Louisville, 1928.
In a profession which requires untiring application and makes heavy demands upon the powers of perception and analysis, John Richard Johnson, Jr., has achieved success, and his name has long been one of prominence in legal circles of Pikeville and eastern Kentucky. He was born February 24, 1880, in Christiansburg, Montgomery county, Virginia, and his parents, John Richard and Ella (Montgomery) Johnson, are deceased. His father was an able lawyer and practiced for many years in Christiansburg, handling much of the litigation tried in the courts of that district.
In the acquirement of an education, John R. Johnson, Jr., attended the public schools of his native town, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute at Blacksburg and Hampden City College. He completed his studies in the University of Virginia, from which he was graduated in 1902 with the degree of LL.B., and in the same year was admitted to the bar, qualifying for practice in both Virginia and Kentucky. He opened an office at Pikeville in 1902 and was alone for three years. He was then joined by J. M. York and from 1905 until 1913 was a member of the firm of York and Johnson. The subject of this sketch followed his profession independently until 1916 and for three years thereafter was associated with F. T. Hatcher under the style of Johnson & Hatcher. Mr. Johnson practiced under his own name from 1919 until 1926, when he formed a partnership with A. E. Auxier and O. T. Hinton, and has since been senior member of the firm of Johnson, Auxier & Hinton, whose clientele is large and remunerative.
Mr. Johnson was married February 22, 1905, to Miss Ann York, a daughter of J. M. and Augusta (Dils) York, of Pikeville. The children of this union are: Garrett, who was born December 9, 1908; and Robert, born June 6, 1911. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Pike County, Kentucky State and American Bar Associations. He is a Rotarian and along fraternal lines is connected with the Masonic order. He is a democrat in his political convictions and lends the weight of his support to measures of reform, progress and improvement.